Category: Achievements

An Investment Initiative of Rupees Ten Thousand Crore Coming to Kerala: Chief Minister Promises the Formation of Investment Council

Various companies have offered an investment of 10000 crores at the investor’s conference held, under the leadership of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in Dubai to attract foreign investment to Kerala. Offers include DP World (3500 crore), RP Group (1000 crore), Lulu group (1500 crore), Aster (500 crore) and other small scale investors (3500 crore). Among these, DP world is investing in shipping and logistics, RP group in tourism, Lulu in retailing and Aster in health.

 Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the aim is to bring Kerala to the frontline in the matter of investments. He was speaking at the Nonresident Keralites Emerging Entrepreneur’s Meet (NEEM) held at Dubai by Overseas Keralites Investments and Holdings Company. Higher level investment council will be formed to provide necessary aid to expatriate investors. Chief Minister assured the expatriate investors that Kerala is progressing in every respect and requested them to come forward and make investments, using this opportunity.

 Drawing investments of Malayali expatriates to Kerala was one of the major ideas that came up in the first Loka Kerala Sabha Convention held in January 2018. 7 subject- based committees were formed on the basis of discussions happened there. These committees made 48 recommendations to the government. The secretariat of Loka Kerala Sabha classified them into 4 categories- investment, welfare, efficiency and art and cultural, and selected 10 recommendations based on feasibility and availability of funds. The most important recommendation among these was the formation of NRI Investment Company. Following this, the investment company Overseas Keralite’s Investment and Holdings Limited was registered to attract expatriate investment. Government owns 26 percentage of company’s share capital and remaining 74 percentage was collected from expatriate keralites. Government shall make use of this company to receive investments from expatriates and to execute practical programmes through related institutions.

State has made a big leap in setting up basic facilities necessary to encourage investments. Kerala is one of the frontline states in India going by any of the yardsticks of development. According to the public affairs index, kerala has the first place in Governance in India since 2016. According to the surveys conducted by India Today etc, we are also at the top in the matter of law and order maintenance. Kerala is the state with no communal riots and is also the state with best health index according to the latest Niti Ayog report. The statistics released by the Mumbai-based organization, ‘India Migration Now’ proves that Kerala is the best state in the country in the matter of friendly attitude to migrant laborers and providing required protection for them. The realization of Coimbatore-Kochi industrial corridor shall pave way for a big leap in the state’s industrial development. Coimbatore- Kochi corridor will be connected to Chennai- Bangalore industrial corridor. Kerala was not included in the National Industrial Corridor project initially. Chief Minister said that the state was recognized after state government prepared special plan and exerted constant pressure on Central government.

Chief Minister also informed that industrial clusters will be formed in relation to industrial corridor. Gail pipeline project aimed at direct distribution of natural gas will be completed by December. Only 3 kilometers remain for the pipe to be laid in the total 408 kilometers. As the LNG terminal also gets realized, low cost and less polluted fuel will be available in plenty across the state. This government is planning and executing various projects suitable to the new age through the industrial department. Priority is given to the projects suiting the Kerala conditions like production of value added products from agricultural crops. Wayanad carbon neutral village coffee park, Rice parks of Palakkad, Thrissur and Alappuzha, CIAL model Rubber Company and the coconut- based industries are examples. Both agricultural and industrial sectors shall attain same improvement through these novel projects. Kerala can make huge leaps in all fronts if more investments and investors come through. As the well-wishers of the state’s progress and the keen observers of its every changes, it is our expatriate community who can effectively recognize the hopeful changes happening in our investment front and thereby, lead the way for global investors – chief minister said.

 Chief Minister said that world kerala center will be established to strengthen the relations between the expatriate and Kerala. NORKA expatriate ID card owners and their family members will receive 7% reduction in the travel fare from Oman Airways and efforts will be made to receive the same from more airplane companies. Chief Minister was speaking in the meet with expatriate malayalis at Dubai Indian Academy School as a part of the UAE visit. Central civil aviation minister has promised to allow more aeroplanes for special occasions in those sector. Assurance was given that beforehand information regarding the planes and the chance to book them will be provided.

 Kerala government has formed many a programmes for the welfare of the expatriate community. Keralites who have high expertise are working in different parts of the world. Loka Kerala Sabha was formed as a part of making use of their knowledge for the state. It has been possible to ensure safe savings for the expatriates and the development of the state through Kerala Pravasi Chitfund. Various programmes like Business facilitation centre, rehabilitation programme for the returning emigrants ‘norka department project for return emigrants’ etc have been formed under NORKA Roots. In the last fiscal year, 25 crores were distributed through Santhwanam programme for ensuring the welfare of returning emigrants who have to endure financial and physical hardships. This year, over 10 crore rupees was distributed to 1718 beneficiaries. A recruitment section has been working at the Norka Roots centre to ensure that recruitments are safe and transparent. Norka Roots is the recruitment agency recognized by the central government. Government is seriously considering a project for giving training to the labourers to get them recognized. In this way, they get the chance to enter the job as the part of training. Facilities have been arranged at the Norka Roots regional centres for certificate attestation. Norka Roots is the only institution in Kerala authorized by the central government to attest education certificates. Expatriate ID cards are being distributed to resolve the difficulty in contacting Kerala government. Any emigrant Keralite with the multi-purpose photo ID card will receive required service easily through Norka Roots. So far, 4 lakh people have received the ID card online. Every cardholder shall receive 2 lakh rupees as personal accident coverage. Steps have been taken to ensure the aid of Malayali lawyers to those who face legal issues in their emigrant life- chief minister said.

Necessary interventions are made in the central government to increase the number of Malayali employees in the embassy. Global Contact Center has started from 15th February. This toll free facility can be used 24 hours a day to register complaints or services for the expatriates. The centre can be contacted through phone, email, SMS and live chat. A women NRI cell has started functioning at the NORKA roots to deal with the issues faced by women expatriates. Training programmes have been prepared to enhance skill and expertise in accordance with the changes in technology. In relation to this, an international employer conference will be held at Kochi in December.

The ambulance service started in collaboration with IMA to bring sick people and expired people has been beneficial to many. The hike in expatriate pension from 200 rupees to 500 rupees is a part of the concern for expatriate Keralites. Standing with them, the government is trying to solve every issues of emigrants, small and big. There should not be any hesitance to reach out to the government in any issue and at any time. Chief Minister promised necessary steps in this regard.

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Auto rickshaws play a significant role in fulfilling the on- road transportation needs of common people in the state. Auto rickshaws act as the chauffeurs for the rides of common people in every nook and corner of the state, including cities and villages. Most of the auto rickshaws on the road runs on petrol and diesel. Therefore, we will be able to move forward in this new age only by finding solutions to environmental issues caused by air pollution among others. It is in this context that the state government conceptualized the idea of eco-friendly e-autos. This concept has now turned into a reality. E-auto is being manufactured and put on road by Kerala Automobiles, a public sector establishment. It is for the first time in the country that a public sector establishment is venturing into the field of electric auto manufacturing. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the commercial-scale production of Kerala’s own e-auto ‘Neem-G’.

Inaugurating the project, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Kerala is going to be a land of e-vehicles. The government is trying for better advancement of electric vehicles in the state. People who are welcoming to changes is our strong point. Building charging stations on a wide scale is being thought about. As a start, charging station has been opened in the secretariat. Besides autos, e-cars have also started appearing on the roads. If we wish, we can create a situation wherein e-autos are riding on all our roads. The advantage is that an eco-friendly environment can thus be created. E-vehicles are a relief in the times of rising fuel prices. Kerala Automobiles has flagged off a revolutionary change. For the first time, a public sector undertaking has come to the E-Vehicle field and it is a reason for a boost in pride. The willingness of institutions like ISRO to place orders with Kerala Automobiles can pave way for the progress of the establishment. Chief Minister also said that the establishment, which was in a pathetic condition earlier, has redeemed itself in a proud manner.

Electric auto rickshaw had earlier received the certification of Automotive Research Association of India. By charging for 3 hours and 50 minutes, the auto can travel for 100 kilometers. It costs 50 paisa for a kilometer. E- Autos will be launched in market by Onam. The plan is to manufacture 8000 autos per year. The cost of e- auto is around 2.5 lakh and subsidies are expected to be made available.

Kerala’s Electric Pivot

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced that 10 lakh electric vehicles will be brought out by 2022 as part of implementing the electronic transportation policy. Chief Minister, while inaugurating the ‘evolve’ e- mobility conference, said that the aim is to launch 2 lakh two- wheelers, 50,000 three – wheelers, 1000 goods carriers, 3000 buses and 100 ferry boats.

In the context of green tribunal’s ban of diesel vehicles in 6 cities, Kerala had seriously thought about alternative reusable sources of energy. Though the ban was later given a stay, Kerala was adamant in its commitment towards environmental protection. The use of CNG LLG fuels was started as a part of this. 5 CNG stations were started in Kochi. First LLG bus and first solar and electric boats were began in Kerala.

The draft for electronic vehicle policy was prepared by the committee formed under the leadership of Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, IIT Madras. Following this, a workshop was held for stake holders. Government’s final approval for the Electronic Vehicle Policy was also based on recommendations of this workshop.

Chief Minister said that the investors have a great scope in the electric vehicle industry. Kerala Automobile’s Ltd, which was set up to manufacture electric vehicles, is aiming at bringing out 8000 electric auto rickshaws every year. KAL is the first PSU in India to produce electric auto rickshaws. 3000 e-buses will also be made for KSRTC. Chief Minister stated that this is the first project that receives European investment for e-bus manufacturing.

Chief Minister carried out the virtual inauguration of charging station at Indian Oil Corporation’s Pump in Idappally and the launching of Center of Excellence that is to be started in Trivandrum. Memorandums of Understanding regarding the production of electric vehicles were also exchanged during the event. The first application for electric vehicle subsidy was also received.

Geneva listened stubborn voice for Rebuilding Kerala

Address by Pinarayi Vijayan, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala at the
Opening Session of World Reconstruction Conference held at
Geneva on May 13, 2019.

The State of Kerala, which I represent here, is situated in the
southern part of the Indian peninsula and is known for its rich and
diverse natural heritage. However, we did not have to face natural
calamities of significant magnitude for more than ninety years. But
the recent unprecedented floods of August 2018, posed a new and a
major challenge to our Government and civil society.
Kerala was very badly affected by this flood in which there was loss
of 453 precious human lives. In addition, 280 thousand houses
were lost or damaged, 140 thousand hectares of standing crops were
destroyed and about 70 thousand kilometres of road network
suffered major damage. The total recovery needs of the State has
been estimated as around 4.4 billion US dollars, as per the Post
Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) conducted by the UN
But our society met this with exemplary determination. The spirit of
courage, especially among the youth and students has its roots in the
uniqueness of Kerala society due to the inbibing of the values of
famous renaissance movement, which took place in our society in
the last two centuries. The secular fabric of our society ensured that
no differences could stand in the way of meeting this natural
calamity challenge.
The civil society and the Government in Kerala acted swiftly and
in unison in the hour of crisis. The fisher-folk who brave the sea
for a livelihood deserve our special gratitude for their timely
intervention without which we would have lost many more lives.


The Government machinery worked hard to respond on a real time
basis to meet the emergent crisis.
The Chief Minister and the concerned Ministers along with the
officials met more than once in a day for closely monitoring and
reviewing the situation. Along with State Government officials,
representatives of the Armed forces also actively participated.
Rescue of people trapped in houses and moving them to safer
places was the top priority and this was done effectively with
societal participation as mentioned earlier.
Our Government efficiently channelized the contributions of
thousands of citizens, the Kerala diaspora and aid agencies to get
the State back on its feet. Affected families were given immediate
relief in cash and kind. Critical infrastructure like power supply was
restored in record time. The State Government in cooperation
with Local Government institutions, civil society and mass
organisations organised a massive drive for cleaning flood affected
houses, provision of drinking water, medicines and essential
A comprehensive programme to rebuild lost and damaged houses
has been launched. Loans for recovery of essential house-hold
articles lost and damaged during the floods from our Co-operative
Banks and commercial banks where chanalized through the widely
networked Women’s self help group Kudumbashree. The interest
payment on these loans was borne by the Government of Kerala.
Our Government also ensured wage employment to needy families
by augmenting the ongoing employment programme. Our
Government is also providing financial assistance with beneficiary
involvement for rebuilding damaged houses and constructing
completely lost houses.
We have presently taken up the challenging task of rebuilding Kerala
better. In other words, our aim is not to restore what was in
existence before the flood, but to build a new Kerala which will be
resilient to any possible natural disasters in future.


The Rebuild Kerala Initiative is being carried out in a mission mode.
Eco-friendly building strategies, giving more room for rivers,
learning to live with floods etc. are the key ingredients of this
initiative. Kerala which has a long history of implementing social
security measures and several progressive interventions like land
reforms, state action in education and health, expects to fulfil the
present task also through peoples’ participation. For this, the strong
institutional framework of decentralisation of governance will be of
great support.
Our rehabilitation packages give utmost importance to the basic
needs of food and shelter to the least empowered sections of the
society. We have also taken care to ensure that these sections get
these as a matter of entitlement and rights and not as a gratis from
the state or the society.
To conclude, I would like to note here that during the first week of
May 2019 the cyclone Fani badly affected the Indian State Odisha.
But damage to human life could be controlled due to sufficient early
warning. This brings before us the fact that early warning systems
should work effectively as the variations in climatic patterns due to
global warming have increased the frequency of natural calamities
like floods and cyclones.
I wholeheartedly support the theme of the conference which is
“Opportunities to build back more inclusively include identifying
vulnerable groups and their needs prior to a disaster, social
protection programs that target the most vulnerable and ensuring
that reconstruction does not overlook low-income and
geographically-isolated areas.”. The floods of 2018 brought the best
of Kerala out – we supported each other in a spirit of brotherhood,
without social or economic differences. This spirit will continue to
inspire us through all our recovery efforts.


We are happy to share our experiences with others and learn better
practices elsewhere. We see this forum as an important milestone
that will help us get better ideas in building our State better.
Thanks again for this invitation and looking forward to exchange of
valuable ideas.

Proud Moment for Kerala

London Stock Exchange is one of the oldest stock exchanges. 2600 companies from 60 countries are part of it. It is a matter of immense pleasure to have been able to open the London Stock Market for trade on 17th May. Beyond the personal happiness, this feat is an acknowledgement for Kerala at the global level.

The invitation for the same was offered by the stock exchange officials in connection with the listing of Kerala Infrastructure Investment Board (KIIFB) Masala Bond on the London Stock Exchange. Finance Minister Thomas Isaac and KIIFB Chief Executive Dr. K M Abraham also participated in the ceremony. The opening of stock market was ensued by a conversation with the stock exchange officials.

KIIFB Masala bonds are issued in order to collect money for the infrastructure development in the state. A bond that is issued outside India but denominated in Indian Rupees is called Masala Bond. The advantage is that the fluctuations in the exchange rate between Indian Rupee and Foreign currency will not affect the company or institution that issues these bonds. The risk is for those who invest in the bond. KIIFB has decided, with the due permission of the Reserve Bank, to collect 3500 crore rupees from the foreign market in the first phase. KIIFB Bond will also be listed on Singapore Stock Exchange.

Kerala is committed to ensure best infrastructural facilities in order to attract industrial investment. Financial constraints will not be an impediment in providing infrastructural facilities of an international standard.

Government is intervening with a realization that Kerala is lagging behind as an industrial investment hub. The government has already made policy framework for streamlining the industrial activities. Accordingly, changes have been made in laws and administrative procedures. Many a steps have been taken by the government to create an investment-friendly atmosphere. A single-window arrangement has already been set up to give online permissions for business. The bureaucratic inspection before the setting up of business has been done away with. Returns can now be filed online. Tax payment is also online.

All the procedures for industrial permissions have been made simple and transparent. Those who wish to invest in the industrial sector in Kerala will get good consideration from the government.

However, government will also make sure that the industrialization is not jeopardizing the environment. Legislations for the benefit of people’s welfare will also be carried out without fail.

Large scale IT companies are now in operation in government IT parks. Apart from this, Kerala is able to attract investment in other sectors too. The top priority of the government is to provide the youth with dignified job opportunities through industrial development. Improving basic amenities, creating highly qualified human resources and generating more investment opportunities by simplifying procedures are the immediate objectives of the government.

Large section of the tourists visiting Kerala are from Britain. However, the investment in tourism sector from Britain is below par. This shall also be rectified.

During the meetings held as part of the visit, entrepreneurs from the UK were invited to invest in Kerala. Investors were invited to our state in order to prove that Kerala is investment friendly both in word and deed.

Care Homes ready for the flood-hit people

The Government of Kerala has fulfilled its promise of constructing new houses for those rendered homeless by the megafloods in the State. Out of the 2000 houses that the Ministry of Cooperation has promised to build, 231 houses has been constructed in a time-bound manner. An amount of 5 lakhs was earmarked for building each house. This amount constitutes the four lakhs raised by the Ministry of Cooperation in addition to the one lakh released from the State Disaster Relief Authority’s Funds. At many places, the department could raise more than its target amount for house construction. The Department has ensured the time-bound completion of the houses with a daily appraisal system. The ‘Care Home’ project, which was started in December 2018 in Chengannur, is expected to be completed by April-May this year.

The mighty ‘Army of Kerala’ to enter it’s Police Force!

The fisherfolk of Kerala, now fondly called as the ‘Army of Kerala’, for the unparalleled support they rendered during the rescue operations during the recent Kerala floods has another reason to rejoice. 180 of them have been handed over their recruitment orders stating their appointment to the coastal police force. With this, another promise that was given to them by the Left-led Kerala government as part of the Okhi rehabilitation package stands fulfilled. This recruitment drive provides opportunities for the dependents of the victims of the Okhi disaster and also for women from the community. They will be used for operations including rescue operations in the sea. The ones who received the appointment order shall be undergoing a four months training programme at the Thrissur Police Academy before joining the Force.


ആതിഥ്യമര്യാദയുടെ വേറിട്ട മാതൃക അപ്‌നാ ഘര്‍

ആതിഥ്യമര്യാദയുടെ മറ്റൊരു മാതൃകയാണ് കഞ്ചിക്കോട് അപ്‌നാ ഘര്‍. നാനാത്വത്തില്‍ ഏകത്വമെന്ന ഇന്ത്യന്‍ സംസ്‌ക്കാരം യാഥാര്‍ഥ്യമാക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള സര്‍ക്കാരിന്റെ പ്രായോഗിക ഇടപെടലാണ് അപ്‌നാ ഘര്‍ ഭവന സമുഛയം. രാജ്യത്ത് ആദ്യമായി, ഇതരസംസ്ഥാന തൊഴിലാളികള്‍ക്കായി തൊഴില്‍ നൈപുണ്യ വകുപ്പിന് കീഴിലെ പൊതുമേഖലാ സ്ഥാപനമായ ഭവനം ഫൗണ്ടേഷനാണ് കഞ്ചിക്കോട് അപ്‌നാ ഘര്‍ നിര്‍മ്മിച്ചത്. ഉഭാഷ, വസ്ത്രധാരണം, ഭക്ഷണരീതി എന്നിവയില്‍ വിഭിന്നരായ അതിഥി തൊഴിലാളികളെ സഹോദരന്മാരായി കാണാനുള്ള കേരള സമൂഹത്തിന്റെ കാഴ്ച്ചപ്പാടാണ് കൂടുതല്‍ തൊഴിലാളികളെ ഇവിടേക്ക് എത്തിക്കുന്നത്. 18നും 40നും ഇടയില്‍ പ്രായമുള്ള 25 ലക്ഷത്തിലധികം അതിഥി തൊഴിലാളികളാണ് സംസ്ഥാനത്തുള്ളത്. മെച്ചപ്പെട്ട വേതനവും തൊഴിലിടവും ഉറപ്പുവരുത്തുന്ന സംസ്ഥാനം കേരളമല്ലാതെ മറ്റൊന്നുമില്ല.

തൊഴിലാളികളുടെ സാഹചര്യങ്ങള്‍ മെച്ചപ്പെടുത്താനുള്ള ആവാസ് സമഗ്ര ഇന്‍ഷുറന്‍സ് പദ്ധതി, സംശയനിവാരണത്തിനായി ജില്ലാതലത്തില്‍ ഫെസിലിറ്റേഷന്‍ കേന്ദ്രങ്ങള്‍, പാര്‍പ്പിട സൗകര്യം, കൂടുതല്‍ സുതാര്യമായ തൊഴിലിടങ്ങള്‍ സൃഷ്ടിക്കുന്നതിന് മലയാള ഭാഷ പഠിപ്പിക്കുന്ന പദ്ധതിയും സംസ്ഥാനത്ത് നടപ്പാക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. നിര്‍മാണ മേഖലയിലാണ് കൂടുതല്‍ അതിഥി തൊഴിലാളികളുള്ളത്. ഹോട്ടല്‍ വ്യവസായം, ഉത്പാദന മേഖല, കാര്‍ഷിക മേഖലയിലും ഇവരുടെ സേവനം സഹായകരമാണ്. കേരളത്തിന്റെ സമ്പദ് വ്യവസ്ഥയെ സ്വാധീനിക്കുന്ന ഇതര സംസ്ഥാന തൊഴിലാളികള്‍ക്ക് മികച്ച സൗകര്യങ്ങള്‍ ഒരുക്കി കൊടുക്കേണ്ടത് സര്‍ക്കാരിന്റെ കടമയാണ് .

കഞ്ചിക്കോട് കിന്‍ഫ്ര പാര്‍ക്കില്‍ എട്ടരക്കോടി ചെലവഴിച്ചാണ് ഭവന സമുച്ഛയം പണിതത്. നാലു നിലകളുിലുളള അപ്നാഘറില്‍ 620 പേര്‍ക്ക് താമസിക്കാം. കുറഞ്ഞ വാടകയ്ക്ക് ഹോസ്റ്റല്‍ രീതിയിലാകും നടത്തിപ്പ്. 32 അടുക്കളകളും എട്ട് ഊണുമുറികളും 96 ശുചിമുറികളും വിശാലമായ വിശ്രമ മുറികളും, കളിസ്ഥലങ്ങളും ഇതിന്റഎ ഭാഗമാണ്. താമസക്കാര്‍ക്ക് ഭക്ഷണം സ്വയം പാകം ചെയ്തു കഴിക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള എല്ലാ സൗകര്യങ്ങളും അപ്‌നാഘറില്‍ ഒരുക്കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. കോഴിക്കോട് രാമനാട്ടുകര, ബാലുശേരി, എറണാകുളം കളമശേരി എന്നിവിടങ്ങളില്‍ അപ്നാഘര്‍ സ്ഥാപിക്കാനുള്ള പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങള്‍ പുരോഗമിക്കുകയാണ്.  

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1000 Days

Financial aid of 937.45 crore rupees within 1000 days –

An amount of 937.45 crore rupees has been distributed from Chief Minister’s relief fund within 1000 days. The aid from the relief fund was granted for 2.57 lakh people. This amount is excluding the aid granted for Okhi and floods. The government has dispersed more funds within 1000 days than what the previous government has done in 5 years.

Necessary changes were made to the clauses of relief funds within 1000 days so as to help people in distress better. The income limit required to avail relief fund was increased from 1 lakh rupees to 2 lakh rupees. The limit for the financial aid which can be granted directly by Chief Minister was raised to 3 lakh rupees. Financial aid up to 3 lakh will be allowed for acute cancer treatments and organ transplantation.

An online system is available to submit applications for relief funds. People in necessity can apply online at Applicant can also track the progress of the application submitted. Procedures are now prompter as a system, aided by competent technology, is in place to check the applications and amount will be credited to the account within days once the order is released.  Earlier, it used to take months to receive the aid after the release of official order. But now, amount will be transferred to the accounts of the people promptly without any mediating agency.

Apna Ghar, a unique model of hospitality

‘Apna Ghar’, Kanjikode, is a distinctive model of hospitality. Apna Ghar housing complex is a pragmatic intervention by Government to realise the concept of Indian culture as unity in diversity.  First of its kind in the country, Apna Ghar, Kanjikode, was constructed by Bhavanam foundation, a public sector enterprise under the department of labour and skills, for migrant labourers. It is the brotherly mindset of Kerala society in accepting ‘guest labourers’ who differ in their language, food and dressing style that brings more of them here. There are over 25 lakh migrant labourers aged between 28 and 40 in the state. Kerala is the only state that ensures better wages and workplace for the labourers.

Aawaas Samagra Insurance plan for the betterment of conditions of labourers, facilitation centres at district levels for clarification of qualms, housing facilities, programmes of teaching Malayalam language to create transparent working places are also being organized in the state. Construction sector has the most number of guest laborers. Their service is valuable in hotel industry, production sector and agricultural sector as well. It is the government’s duty to organize premium facilities for the migrant laborers whose service has influence on the economic system of the state.

The housing complex was constructed at Kanjikkode Kinfra Park at an expenditure of 8.5 crores. Apna Ghar, with 4 floors can accommodate 620 people. It will run as a hostel system with modest rental rate. 32 kitchens, 8 dining halls, 96 washrooms, spacious restrooms and playgrounds are also a part of the complex. Apna Ghar also has facilities for the residents to cook their own food. Work is in progress to establish Apna Ghar at Ramanattukara, Balussery at Kozhikode and Kalamassery at Ernakulam.

1000 days : An increase of 22000 hectares of paddy cultivation

The area cultivating paddy was increased from 1.98 lakh hectares to 2.20 lakh hectares. This advancement was made possible by the agricultural programmes for barren fields. It is also remarkable that cultivation was made possible in land reserved for real estate operations.  800 hectares in Aranmula, 525 acres in Rani-Chithira backwaters, 404 acres in Methran backwaters, 600 acres in Kollam Vattakkayal, 500 acres in Shethattarapuncha, Choornikkara Chavarupadam and Aavalapandi witnessed the ripening of paddy spikes after an interval. Across the state, 475 mini rice mills and 16 processing units were established for marketing the products of small scale farmers by processing them into rice at the cultivation field itself.

1000 days : Area of 50 lakh sq. feet more in IT

State IT sector marked the finest growth rate in 25 years. In the 1000 days of this government, the progress of the IT development sector has been huge.  IT sector, spread over area of 1.6 crore square feet at the time when government came into power, was broadened into an area of 2.1 crore square feet within 1000 days. Government was able to expand the IT sector over an additional half a crore square feet of area. More IT buildings arose in IT parks like Techno Park and Info Park.  The first phase of Cyber Park was also equipped for a complete operation during these 1000 days. The objective is to develop the IT space into 2.6 crore square feet in the coming 2 years and it is hoped to be achieved by the completion of existing IT programmes.

More companies came to the state as IT parks became more interesting owing to the IT policy. The number of new companies arrived in IT parks exceeds 165 in number. The entrance of multinational companies also created a ripple in the IT sector. Nearly 50000 job opportunities, directly or indirectly, were created within the 1000 days.

1000 days: Recovery of 17182 streams

Rejuvenation of streams that had stalled or become contaminated- Haritha Kerala Mission was making history. This intervention involving people’s participation became a major step in recovering the ecology of Kerala. The interventions of Haritha Kerala Mission regarding the conservation and nurturing of water bodies, rejuvenation of lost water bodies and related activities, recharging of wells and rain water harvesting have started showing results.

Water sources like Killiyar, Kolarayaar, Vadakkeppuzha, Chalamkodu canal, Muttam Parappa canal, Kambrayar, Perumthodu, Poonoor River were decontaminated and water flow enabled. Recombination of Meenachilar- Meenanthalayar- Kodurar was made possible and cultivation in 800 hectares of land was resumed here. Cultivation of paddy was resumed in areas of Kollam district where Kottarakara- Pandandivayal canal was revived. Varattar River revival was facilitated.  Masterplan has been prepared for the second phase actions of Adipamba- Varattar restoration project. Second-phase actions began to ensure the stability of revived rivers. Kaanaambuzha- Varattar master plan was prepared and follow-up actions were commenced. Permission was granted for a special scheme in Perumthodu. 8066058 cubic metres of water could be stored through construction of new ponds and restoration of existing ponds.

Revived rivers/canals – 17182 km

Recharged wells – 48936

Reformed ponds – 9889

Local self-government institutions which prepared masterplan for water bodies- 843

1000 days : 1,03,361 title-deeds

Till date, 1, 03,361 title-deeds were distributed in different categories. 63,617 title- deeds/ commodity certificates were released. An order was issued including particular guidelines to make the process of title – deed distribution transparent and devoid of any delay. In addition to the existing 31 land tribunals, 29 special tribunals were formed in different districts including 15 land tribunals and 14 Devaswam tribunals. An order was issued appointing village officers as well to undertake the duties of revenue inspectors including the land inspection related to the settlement of cases in land tribunal. The long- term demand for unconditional title deeds was approved. Amendments were made to the land assignment rules of 1964 and the income limit required for receiving title- deed for the land in possession was taken off. Time limit for exchange of land not in possession was reduced from 25 years to 12 years. Ruled were amended to facilitate taking loans by mortgaging assigned land, that is possession or in non-possession, in all types of banks.

Rules were amended to give ownership of trees that farmers have planted to them, except that of sandalwood, in the land assigned according to 1964 rules. Special order was issued for the release of title deeds in the Moonnu Changala, Pathu Changala areas of Idukki. Through this, demands of over half a century saw a qualitative closure.  Land issues faced by tribals of Perinjaamkutti area for a long time was resolved. An order assigning title deeds for the 158 families who were evicted, was issued. 179 families living in of Cheranalloor, Ernakulam district were allotted title deeds over the time.

8.21 Lakh litres of  Milk Production in Thousand Days

. Reached a record production of 18.21 lakh litre per day within thousand days. Kerala has witnessed a record growth of milk production during the period from 2016-17to 2017-18. The earlier daily production rate of 16.27 lakh litres during the period of 2016-17 acquired an exponential growth to an all-time record of 18.21 lakh litre per day during the period of 2017-18. The collection rate through Milk cooperatives societies during the month of October 2018-19 has crossed 18.60 lakh litres per day. A considerable decline is registered in the amount of milk imported from neighbouring states by Milma regional units during the period. The average import rate of 4 lakh litre per day during the year of 2015-16 has decreased to 2 lakh litres per day during November 2018, marking a clear indication of the rise in milk production by state. Increase in the daily milk yielding capacity of cows. Marking the success of the updated State Breeding policies of Government, the daily milk yielding capacity of cow hybrids in Kerala registered an increase from 8.62 litres per day on average in 2014-15 to 10.22 litres per day in 2017. Various programmes by the Dairy Development Department played important roles in strengthening dairy production. The programmes implemented during the years of 2016-17 to 2017-18 like Samagra Ksheera Vikasana Paddhati ( comprehensive Dairy Development Scheme), Diary Zone Formation scheme  and Ksheera Gramam paddhati (Dairy Village Programme) helped in boosting and sustaining the growth of dairy production and the related economy in the state. Ongoing programmes of 2018-19, like the Kidari Park programme , Kannukutti dathedukkal programme (Calf adoption programme) will ensure further growth in dairy production and consistency of quality breeds in the state.

3,41,293 children enroll in public schools in Kerala as the Left Front Government  completes 1000 days in office !

After a period of  25 years, the number of children enrolled in government schools in Kerala has registered an impressive rise. New students who joined government schools were 1,56,565 & 1,84,728 in 2017 & 2018 respectively. The current increase in enrollment is the result of uncompromising campaigns by the state government to protect public education. The Malaparambu School which was ordered to be closed down by the UDF government and four other schools which were on the verge of closure to protect the  commercial interests of their managements have been taken over by the LDF government as part of  its efforts to protect public education. A massive programme with an allocation of Rs. 2000 crores, to upgrade government schools to international standards, is also underway.

ഗള്‍ഫ് നാടുകളുമായുള്ള ബന്ധം ഊഷ്മളമാക്കി യുഎഇ സന്ദര്‍ശനം

നമ്മുടെ നാടിന്റെ സാമ്പത്തിക അടിത്തറ ശക്തമാക്കുന്നതിൽ പ്രവാസി മലയാളികൾക്കും  മലയാളികൾ കൂടുതലായി  തൊഴിൽ ചെയ്യുന്ന ഗൾഫ് മേഖലയ്ക്കും വലിയ പങ്കാണുള്ളത്. ഗൾഫ് രാജ്യങ്ങളിലെ എല്ലാ തൊഴിൽ മേഖലകളിലും മലയാളികളുടെ സാനിധ്യം സജീവമാണ്.നമ്മുടെ നാടുമായി അറേബ്യൻ നാടുകളും അവിടുത്തെ ഭരണാധികാരികളും നല്ല സൗഹൃദമാണ് പുലർത്തുന്നത്.അതിൽ തന്നെ യു എ ഇ ക്ക് സവിശേഷമായ പ്രാധാന്യമുണ്ട്. പ്രവാസികളുടെ ഉന്നമനം ലക്ഷ്യമിട്ടുള്ള ലോകകേരള സഭയുടെ പശ്ചിമേഷ്യൻ മേഖലാ സമ്മേളനത്തിന്റെ ഭാഗമായിട്ടുള്ള സന്ദര്‍ശനം സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ സംബന്ധിച്ച് ഏറെ സന്തോഷം നല്‍കുന്നതാണ്. .”യു എ ഇ യിൽ എൺപത് ശതമാനത്തോളം മലയാളികളാണ്. തന്റെ കൊട്ടാരത്തിൽ 100 ശതമാനം പേരും മലയാളികളാണ് ജോലി ചെയ്യുന്നത്. എന്തുകൊണ്ടാണ് മലയാളികൾ ഇത്രയേറെ യു എ ഇ യെ ഇഷ്ടപ്പെടുന്നത്.” യു എ ഇ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രിയും വൈസ് പ്രസിഡണ്ടും ദുബായ് ഭരണാധികാരിയുമായ ഷെയ്ഖ് മുഹമ്മദ് ബിൻ റാഷിദ് അൽ മക്തൂമുമായുള്ള കൂടിക്കാഴ്ചയില്‍ അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ ഈ ചോദ്യം ആഹ്ളാദമുളവാക്കുന്നതായിരുന്നു. മലയാളികൾ ഈ രാജ്യത്തെ അവരുടെ രണ്ടാം വീടായാണ് കാണുന്നതെന്ന ഉത്തരമാണ് ഷെയ്ഖ് മുഹമ്മദ് ബിൻ റാഷിദ് അൽ മക്തൂമിന് സന്തോഷപൂർവം നൽകിയത്.  കേരളം സന്ദർശിക്കാൻ ഷെയ്ഖ് മുഹമ്മദിനെ ക്ഷണിച്ചു.

കേരളത്തിന്റെ വികസനത്തിനും പുനർനിർമാണത്തിനും അകമഴിഞ്ഞ് സംഭാവനകൾ നല്കാൻ യുഎഇ തയ്യാറാണെന്ന് യുഎഇ ഉപപ്രധാനമന്ത്രിയും പ്രസിഡൻഷ്യൽകാര്യ മന്ത്രിയുമായ ഷെയ്ഖ് മൻസൂർ ബിൻ സായിദ് അൽ നഹ്യാൻ പറഞ്ഞു. അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ കൊട്ടാരത്തിൽ നടത്തിയ കൂടിക്കാഴ്ചയിലാണ് ഇക്കാര്യം അറിയിച്ചത്.കേരളത്തിലെ വികസന പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങളെക്കുറിച്ച്  താല്പര്യപൂർവ്വം ചോദിച്ചറിഞ്ഞ അദ്ദേഹം കേരളവും യുഎഇയും തമ്മിൽ നൂറ്റാണ്ടുകളായുള്ള ബന്ധം  പ്രത്യേകം എടുത്തുപറഞ്ഞു. തന്റെ കുടുംബവും കേരളവും തമ്മിൽ സവിശേഷമായ ബന്ധമാണുള്ളതെന്ന് അദ്ദേഹം വ്യക്തമാക്കി . കേരളത്തിന്റെ വികസനത്തെക്കുറിച്ചും കേരളത്തിൽ നടക്കുന്ന പുനർനിർമ്മാണ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളെക്കുറിച്ചും അദ്ദേഹത്തെ ധരിപ്പിച്ചു. വളരെ താല്പര്യപൂർവ്വം ഇക്കാര്യങ്ങൾ കേട്ട ഷെയ്ഖ് മൻസൂർ കേരളത്തിന്റെ പുനർനിർമാണ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങളിൽ പങ്കാളിയാകാൻ തയ്യാറാണെന്ന് അറിയിച്ചു.കൃഷി, ആരോഗ്യം, ഊർജ്ജം, ടൂറിസം എന്നീ നാല് പ്രധാന മേഖലകളിൽ നിക്ഷേപം നടത്താൻ തയ്യാറാണെന്നു പറഞ്ഞ  ഷെയ്ഖ് മൻസൂർ ബിൻ സായിദ് അൽ നഹ്യാൻ  കേരളത്തിന്റെ വികസനമെന്നത് യുഎഇയുടെ വികസനം പോലെയാണ് കാണുന്നതെന്നും കേരളവുമായി അത്രത്തോളം ബന്ധമാണ് യു എ ഇ ക്ക് ഉള്ളതെന്നും അറിയിച്ചു. ഫുജൈറ ഭരണാധികാരി ശൈഖ് ഹമദ് ബിൻ മുഹമ്മത് അൽ ശർഖിയുമായും കൂടിക്കാഴ്ച നടത്തി. കേരളവുമായി തങ്ങൾക്ക് അടുത്ത ബന്ധമാണുള്ളതെന്ന് ഫുജൈറ ഭരണാധികാരിയും പറഞ്ഞു.

കേരളത്തിലേക്ക് നിക്ഷേപകരെ ആകർഷിക്കുക എന്നതും ഇത്തവണത്തെ യു എ ഇ സന്ദർശനത്തിന്റെ ലക്ഷ്യമായിരുന്നു. പ്രളയത്തെ അതിജീവിച്ച നമ്മുടെ നാടിന്റെ പുനർനിർമ്മാണത്തിന് ഊർജ്ജം പകരുന്നതാണ് നിക്ഷേപകരെ ഇവിടേക്ക് ആകർഷിക്കുക എന്നത്.നമ്മുടെ നാടിന്റെ വികസനത്തിനും ,കേരളത്തെ ഒരു നിക്ഷേപ സൗഹൃദ സംസ്ഥാനമായി ഉയർത്തുന്നതിനും സഹായിക്കുന്ന കൂടികാഴ്ചകളാണ് നാലു ദിവസത്തെ യു എ ഇ സന്ദർശനത്തിൽ ഉണ്ടായത്.എല്ലായിടത്തു നിന്നും ആവേശകരമായ പ്രതികരണമാണ് ലഭിച്ചത്.കേരളത്തിന്റെ നിക്ഷേപനിധിയിൽ നിക്ഷേപം നടത്താൻ അബുദാബി ഇൻവെസ്റ്റ്മെൻറ് അതോറിറ്റിയോട് അഭ്യർത്ഥിച്ചു. അബുദാബി ഇൻവെസ്റ്റ്മെൻറ് അതോറിറ്റി മാനേജിംഗ് ഡയറക്ടറും അബുദാബി ക്രൌണ്‍ പ്രിന്‍സ് കോര്‍ട്ട് ചെയര്‍മാനുമായ ഷെയ്ഖ്‌ ഹമദ് ബിന്‍ സായിദ് അല്‍ നഹിയാനുമായി നടത്തിയ കൂടിക്കാഴ്ചയിലാണ് കേരളത്തില്‍ നിക്ഷേപം നടത്താന്‍ ക്ഷണിച്ചത്. അര ഡസനോളം നിക്ഷേപ പദ്ധതികൾ അധികൃതർക്ക് മുന്നിൽ സമർപ്പിച്ചു.പെട്രോ കെമിക്കൽ കോംപ്ലക്സ് പാർക്ക്, സ്പൈസ് പാർക്ക്, ഡിഫൻസ് പാർക്ക്, എയറോസ്പേസ് പാർക്ക്, ലൈഫ് സയൻസ് പാർക്ക് എന്നീ പദ്ധതികളെക്കുറിച്ചാണ് വിശദീകരിച്ചത്. അഭ്യർത്ഥന അനുഭാവപൂർവം കേട്ട ഷെയ്ഖ്‌ ഹമദ് ബിന്‍ സായിദ് അല്‍ നഹിയാന്‍ ഇക്കാര്യത്തില്‍ താല്‍പര്യം പ്രകടിപ്പിച്ചു. നേരിട്ടുള്ള നിക്ഷേപങ്ങളുടെ സാധ്യതയും അധികൃതരെ ധരിപ്പിച്ചു. ഇക്കാര്യങ്ങൾ പഠിക്കാൻ എത്രയും പെട്ടെന്ന് തന്നെ ഒരു പ്രതിനിധിസംഘത്തെ കേരളത്തിലേക്ക് അയക്കുമെന്ന് ഷെയ്ഖ്‌ ഹമദ് പറഞ്ഞു.

കൊച്ചിയിലെ പെട്രോ കെമിക്കൽ കോംപ്ലക്‌‌സിൽ യുഎഇയുടെ ദേശീയ എണ്ണ കമ്പനിയായ അബുദാബി നാഷണൽ ഓയിൽ കമ്പനി (അഡ്നോക് ) നിക്ഷേപത്തിന് താൽപ്പര്യം പ്രകടിപ്പിച്ചു.അബുദാബിയിലെ അഡ്‌നോക് ആസ്ഥാനത്ത് സഹമന്ത്രിയും അഡ്നോക് ഗ്രൂപ്പ് സിഇഒയുമായ ഡോ. സുൽത്താൻ അഹ്മദ് അൽ ജാബറുമായി നടത്തിയ ചർച്ചയിലാണ് സന്നദ്ധത അറിയിച്ചത്. ഇതിനായി ജോയിൻറ് ടാസ്ക് ഫോഴ്സ് രൂപീകരിക്കാനും ധാരണയായി. നിക്ഷേപസാധ്യതകളെക്കുറിച്ച് സമിതി പഠനം നടത്തും. ഇതിനുശേഷം ഡോ. സുൽത്താൻ അഹ്മദ് അൽ ജാബറിന്‍റെ നേതൃത്വത്തിലുള്ള സംഘം കേരളത്തിലെത്തി തുടർനടപടികൾ സ്വീകരിക്കും. പെട്രോളിയം മേഖലയിലെ നിക്ഷേപവുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട് ഇന്ത്യ തങ്ങളുടെ പ്രഥമ പരിഗണനയിലാണെന്നും ഏറെ സാധ്യതകളാണ് ഈ രംഗത്ത് ഇന്ത്യയിലുള്ളതെന്നും സുൽത്താൻ ജാബർ പറഞ്ഞു.

ദുബായിൽ മലയാളികൾക്ക് ഒരു സാംസ്കാരിക സംഘടന രൂപീകരിക്കാൻ അധികൃതരുടെ അനുമതി തേടി. ദുബായ് കമ്മ്യൂണിറ്റി ഡവലപ്പ്മെന്റ് ഡയറക്ടർ ജനറൽ അഹമ്മദ് അബ്ദുൾ കരീം അൽ ജൂൽഫാറുമായി ഇക്കാര്യത്തിൽ ചർച്ച നടത്തി. വാക്കാൽ അതിനുള്ള അനുമതി അദ്ദേഹം നൽകി. അബുദാബിയിലെ കേരള സോഷ്യൽ സെന്റർ സോൺ പോലുള്ള ഒരു നിലയമാണ് ഉദ്ദേശിക്കുന്നത്. പ്രവാസി മലയാളികളുടെ കലാവാസനകൾ പ്രോത്സാഹിപ്പിക്കാനുള്ള ഒരു കേന്ദ്രമായി ഉദ്ദേശിക്കുന്ന ഇത് ഉടൻ തന്നെ പ്രാവർത്തികമാക്കാനാകുമെന്നാണ് പ്രതീക്ഷ.ദുബായില്‍ നടന്ന ലോക കേരള സഭയുടെ മിഡിൽ ഈസ്റ്റ് മേഖലാ സമാപന സമ്മേളനത്തിലാണ് ഇക്കാര്യം പറഞ്ഞത്.  പ്രവാസികളുടെ ക്ഷേമത്തിനുതകുന്ന ഒട്ടേറെ നിർദേശങ്ങൾ സമ്മേളനത്തിൽ ഉയർന്നുവന്നു. ലോക കേരളസഭയുടെ ഏഴ് സ്റ്റാന്റിംഗ് കമ്മിറ്റികൾ തയ്യാറാക്കിയ നിർദേശങ്ങളിൽ നിന്ന് തെരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ട പത്ത് നിർദേശങ്ങളാണ് ചർച്ച ചെയ്തത്. സമ്മേളനത്തില്‍ ഉയർന്ന നിർദ്ദേശങ്ങൾ മിക്കവയും നടപ്പാക്കാൻ കഴിയുന്നവയാണ്.

ലോക പ്രശസ്തമായ ദുബൈ ജുമൈറയിലെ സ്മാർട് പൊലീസ് സ്റ്റേഷനും സന്ദർശിച്ചു.  ദുബായ് പോലീസുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട എല്ലാ സേവനങ്ങളും ഇവിടെ ലഭിക്കും. പോലീസ് കൺട്രോൾ റൂമിൽ പരാതികൾ ബോധിപ്പിക്കാനും ഏത് പോലീസ് ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥനുമായി സംസാരിക്കാനും തീർപ്പു കല്പിക്കാനും സ്മാർട്ട് പോലീസ് സ്റ്റേഷൻ മുഖേന സാധിക്കുമെന്നതാണ് പ്രത്യേകത. സ്റ്റേഷന്റെ പ്രവർത്തനം മാതൃകാപരമാണ്. .യുഎഇയിലെ താമസക്കാർക്ക് മാത്രമല്ല, ഈ രാജ്യത്ത് എത്തുന്ന ടൂറിസ്റ്റുകൾക്ക് പരാതി നൽകാനും ഇവിടെ സംവിധാനമുണ്ട്. ദുബായ് പോലീസ് കമാൻഡർ ഇൻ ചീഫ്. മേജർ ജനറൽ അബ്ദുള്ള ഖലിഫ ഒബൈദ് അൽ മാരിയുടെ ക്ഷണപ്രകാരമായിരുന്നു സ്മാർട്ട് പോലീസ് സ്റ്റേഷൻ സന്ദർശനം. പൊതുവിൽ ഇത്തവണത്തെ യു എ ഇ സന്ദർശനം കേരളത്തിനും പ്രവാസികൾക്കും ഗുണകരമാകുന്ന ഒട്ടേറെ കാര്യങ്ങൾക്ക് തുടക്കം കുറിക്കുന്നതായി എന്നത് സന്തോഷം പകരുന്നതാണ്.

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